2017-01-07 - Epiphany
Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the Christmas season for many Christians. Epiphany comes from Greek and means "to show," referring to Jesus being revealed to the world. On Epiphany, we commemorate when the baby Jesus was visited by the three wise men or magi. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the men found Jesus by following a star across the desert to Bethlehem. Matthew 2:11 says, "On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh." The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth. Gold represented Jesus' royalty. Incense indicated Jesus' divine birth and myrrh his mortality.
When we observe Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, when He came to Earth to save us from our sins. Epiphany acknowledges Jesus' revelation or manifestation to the people that He came to save. Although the Christmas season has officially ended, we should celebrate Jesus' revelation every day. We should live every day like it is Christmas Day.
Richard Moser, Jr.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.